Dick Brookz, is considered a magician of renown. He has been a professional performer since he was a teenager. His father saw Houdini and began a personal Houdini collection. Brookz has appeared in top venues such as Rainbow Grill at the Waldorf Astoria in NYC, repeat engagements at The Americana Hotel in Puerto Rico where he was held over for 3 months. He also headlined at Number One Fifth Ave in New York City, the El Morocco in Montreal, Three Rivers in Detroit, repeatedly at New York’s Living Room with Jack Jones, and a series of other top venues and cabarets. He has worked as an entertainer for major corporations such as Coleco, Pepsi, Frito Lay, Maidenform, First Boston, Yago Sangria, Pool Trol, etc., with shows written by him that revolved around the product.
His television appearances include Atlantic City Alive, Travel Channel’s Magic Road Trip, Biography Channel’s Dead Famous-Houdini, Evening Magazine, Good Morning America, Home Box Office, Canada’s Deals From The Dark Side, Travel Channel’s Mysteries At The Museum, as well as many news programs. He has been hired for major society parties by Diana Ross, Brooke Shields, Carly Simon, Barry Manilow, John Lithgow, David Merrick, Stevie Wonder, multiple times for the Rockefeller family and others. Early in his career appeared on the same bill, usually the opening act, with Jack Jones, Jerry Vale, Lou Monte, George Kirby, Pat Cooper, Neil Sedaka, Bobby Darin, Don Cornell and others.
Brookz founded, along with Dorothy Dietrich, The Magic Towne House, a Magic night club on the Upper East Side in New York City for over 15 years. According to William Dorflinger’s book on magic history, The Magic Catalogue, “The (Magic) Towne House is a discovery for magic lovers. He (Brookz) performs a wide range of magic effects and is well known for his demonstrations of ESP and mind reading.”
Brookz resurrected Brother Theodore’s career in the 1970s. Dick Brookz searched out Brother Theodore who he had seen perform in Greenwich Village years before, whose career had waned. He produced several seasons of midnight shows at The Magic Towne House that helped to bring Theodore back to prominence. Those performances led to Theodore appearing on The Tom Snyder Tomorrow Show, David Letterman and a long series of TV and movie appearances. While at the Magic Towne House Dick Brookz conceived, edited and wrote a widely distributed 64 page magazine for magicians, Hocus Pocus Magazine, for three years.
Wanting a larger facility and a place to house their combined collection of Houdini memorabilia he opened The Houdini Museum with Dorothy Dietrich in the Scranton-Wilkes-Barre-Pocono region of northeast Pennsylvania. It is the only building in the world devoted to Houdini. On September 27, 2011 Dick Brookz along with Dorothy Dietrich and former escape artist Steve Moore secretly restored the missing statuary bust at Houdini’s grave site that was destroyed by vandals in 1975 and missing for 40 years.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ynJLhDob5mM. This story rocked the magic world and was reported worldwide in a half page story in The New York Times.
TV and the press have utilized the service of Dick Brookz as consultant including The Criss Angel show, The Travel Channel, The New York Times, The London Times and The New York Daily News. The producers of the Travel Channel found his work and performance worthy of highlighting on their show Magic Road Trip, which played in the USA and on the CBC as well. He has acted as magic consultant for The New York Shakespeare Festival, Woody Allen’s The Magic Light Bulb at New York’s City Lincoln Center and Radio City Music Hall. Because of his reputation he also manages to get exclusive interviews with hard to reach celebrities such as Uri Geller. He is an author and inventor of several books and magical effects.
Currently Brookz is starring in Psychic Theater’s production of HAUNTED! A Mind Mysteries & Seance Show. The show has been held over for the past ten years and has gotten excellent reviews. It is the longest running performance of it’s kind in history. His schedule includes traveling for outside events.
Dick Brookz was a long time friend of Houdini collector, magician, and juggler Larry Weeks who had in his collection Houdini’s THE GRIM GAME (1919) that was thought lost by film historians. Houdini’s THE GRIM GAME will be unveiled in March of 2015 at the yearly TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood. Some of the story of his participation in finding and restoring the film can be seen on the Houdini Museum website.